City Lights Authors in the News

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Man Alive
A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man
Thomas Page McBee

Favorite Nonfiction of 2014

Largehearted Boy selects Man Alive as one of its Favorite Nonfiction of 2014:
"Bravely told with refreshing humility, Thomas Page McBee's Man Alive is one of the year's finest memoirs."

-Largehearted Boy Dec 1, 2014

Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

Kirkus Reviews includes Man Alive in its Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 list
"'The world is vicious and beautiful and, to some extent, unexplainable,' writes the author. 'But that doesn't stop us from wanting a story.' This is quite a story, masterfully rendered."

-Kirkus Reviews Dec 3, 2014

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Lit Up Inside
Selected Lyrics
Van Morrison

Van Morrison: Lit Up Inside playlist on Aspen Public Radio

Andrea Young at Aspenbeat devotes half her show to the music included in Van Morrison's Lit Up Inside. (Begins at minute 34). She says, "The best part of the book is it immediately reconnects you with Morrison's amazing songwriting and performing talent.  And who wouldn't want to know which songs mean the most to someone of the stature and fame of Morrison."

-Andrea Young, Aspenbeat Dec 6, 2014

Greil Marcus on Van Morrison

"Usually, when a writer shows up at a bookstore and reads from or talks about a book he or she has written, people ask questions: how do you write? Where do you get your ideas? What made you write this book? But not this time. This time, in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, people weren't necessarily interested in my stories about Morrison. They wanted to tell their own stories. Many of these stories revolved around what people took to be a fundamental contradiction: that they could be so moved by, so caught up in, something made by someone who seemed to want nothing to do with them. This person lived out part of my life, and he won't acknowledge it. He put a spell on me, but he won't tell me how. I heard it again and again."

-Greil Marcus, The Guardian Jun 5, 2010

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Thousand Times Broken
Three Books
Henri Michaux

"The 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014"

Thousand Times Broken chosen as one of the 50 best indie fiction/poetry books of the year:
"The Belgian Michaux was a paragon of esotericism in the 20th century. A wildly traveled cultural polymath, Michaux wrote in a wide range of modes. These three books, collected by the legendary City Lights, bring together some of the artist's best mergers of art and poetry."

-Jonathan Sturgeon, Flavorwire Nov 21, 2014

"Talismanic Song: Gillian Conoley & Brian Laidlaw in Conversation"

Gillian Conoley and Brian Laidlaw in conversation for the Walker Art Center's blog, Field Guide the day before their collaborative event, presented by Rain Taxi. They talk about their collaboration, art, music, and Gillian's new Henri Michaux translations, Thousand Times Broken.

-Eric Lorberer, Walker Art Center's Field Guide Nov 18, 2014

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux

"Best of 2014!"

The Violence of Organized Forgetting is chosen a best of 2014 book by Robert Birnbaum!

-Robert Bimbaum, Our Man in Boston Nov 21, 2014

Essay "Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism" on Truthout

"Central to George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society was a government so powerful that it not only dominated all of the major institutions in a society, but it also was quite adept at making invisible its inner workings of power. . . . "

-Henry A. Giroux, Truthout Oct 18, 2014

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The Tranquilized Tongue
City Lights Spotlight No. 11
Eric Baus

"Best of 2014: Best Poetry Books & Collections"

The Tranquilized Tongue by Eric Baus selected to the top 30 poetry books and collections of 2014 by Entropy.

-Entropy Dec 3, 2014

"The Tranquilized Tongue selected by the editors of Poetry Magazine for their July/August Reading List"

Dorothea Lasky selects The Tranquilized Tongue for Poetry Magazine's July/August Reading List.

-Dorothea Lasky, The Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Jul 7, 2014

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Dia Felix

"Best of 2014: Best Fiction Books"

Entropy chooses Nochita by Dia Felix as the number one fiction of 2014

-Entropy Dec 3, 2014

"Dia Felix mentioned in Watch, then Read: The Best Book Trailers Out There" reviews the book trailer for Dia Felix's Nochita.

-Sara Dobie Bauer, May 22, 2014

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Here Come the Warm Jets
City Lights Spotlight No. 10
Alli Warren

"Here Come the Warm Jets wins the 2014 Poetry Center Book Award"

The Poetry Center Book Award has been presented annually since 1980 by The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, to a single outstanding book of poetry published in the previous year. The Poetry Center Book Award carries a cash prize and an invitation to read, along with the award judge, at The Poetry Center in San Francisco.

-The Poetry Center Jan 29, 2015

"Here Come the Warm Jets is a finalist for the 2014 CA Book Award for Poetry"

Here Come the Warm Jets is nominated by the Commonwealth Club for the CA Book Award.

-The Commonwealth Club of California Apr 24, 2014

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To Die in Mexico
Dispatches from Inside the Drug War
John Gibler

Interview on Democracy Now

"Amidst outrage in Mexico over the disappearance of 43 students, Democracy Now interviews John Gibler about the U.S. role in the country's violence. According to the Center for International Policy, the United States has spent approximately $3 billion to fund the so-called war on drugs in Mexico. Since the war on drugs began under President Felipe Calderón in 2006, more than 100,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence. U.S. support includes $2.4 billion in taxpayer funds through the Merida Initiative, launched as a three-year aid program for Mexican security forces under the administration of George W. Bush. The Obama administration has extended the Merida Initiative 'indefinitely.'"

-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now Nov 13, 2014

Political Perspectives on 09/21/11

"John Gibler's new book, To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War, is a shocking and fast paced account of Mexico’s bloody Drug War, told from those on the ground floor. Gibler travels the plazas now being fought over or completely controlled with impunity by Mexico’s violent drug cartels. He captures the stories told by families who have lost loved ones to the war on the streets; journalists who barely escape assassination, convicted traffickers, government officials and those risking their lives to bring about some kind of real change."

-Carlos Chavez Sep 21, 2011